Definition of o'nyong-nyong in English:

o'nyong-nyong

(also o'nyong nyong, onyongnyong)

noun

  • A non-fatal viral disease occurring in East Africa, caused by an alphavirus transmitted by anopheles mosquitoes, and characterized by fever, lymphadenopathy, joint pains, and rash.

Origin

1960s. Origin uncertain. Apparently from Acholi ɔ̀nyɔ̀ŋ-nyɔŋ.

Pronunciation

o'nyong-nyong

/əʊˈnjɒŋnjɒŋ/